Meaning of QUICK in English

I. ˈkwik adjective

Etymology: Middle English quik, from Old English cwic; akin to Old Norse kvikr living, Latin vivus living, vivere to live, Greek bios, zōē life

Date: before 12th century

1. : not dead : living , alive

2. : acting or capable of acting with speed: as


(1) : fast in understanding, thinking, or learning : mentally agile

a quick wit

quick thinking

(2) : reacting to stimuli with speed and keen sensitivity

(3) : aroused immediately and intensely

quick tempers


(1) : fast in development or occurrence

a quick succession of events

(2) : done or taking place with rapidity

gave them a quick look

c. : marked by speed, readiness, or promptness of physical movement

walked with quick steps

d. : inclined to hastiness (as in action or response)

quick to criticize

e. : capable of being easily and speedily prepared

a quick and tasty dinner


a. archaic : not stagnant : running , flowing

b. : moving , shifting

quick mud

4. archaic : fiery , glowing

5. obsolete

a. : pungent

b. : caustic

6. archaic : pregnant

7. : having a sharp angle

a quick turn in the road

• quick·ly adverb

• quick·ness noun


quick , prompt , ready , apt mean able to respond without delay or hesitation or indicative of such ability. quick stresses instancy of response and is likely to connote native rather than acquired power

quick reflexes

a keen quick mind

prompt is more likely to connote training and discipline that fits one for instant response

prompt emergency medical care

ready suggests facility or fluency in response

backed by a pair of ready assistants

apt stresses the possession of qualities (as intelligence, a particular talent, or a strong bent) that makes quick effective response possible

an apt student

her answer was apt and to the point

Synonym: see in addition fast .

II. noun

Date: before 12th century

1. quick plural : living beings


[probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse kvika sensitive flesh, from kvikr living]

a. : a painfully sensitive spot or area of flesh (as that underlying a fingernail or toenail)

b. : the inmost sensibilities

hurt to the quick by the remark

c. : the very center of something : heart

3. archaic : life 11

III. adverb

Date: 14th century

: in a quick manner

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.